An 154 MLB Game Schedule Makes A lot Of Sense – Even For Separating The Record Books
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Nice Idea, Doubt It will happen anytime soon though
I have been a longtime advocate of a 154 game schedule. I believe you could draw back the clock and have an official record book for the 162 game schedule and also the 154 ame schedule. Guess what that would do? Set back the single season HR mark to 60 by Babe Ruth in 1927 again.
The idea has lots of merit at its starting point, but a lot of the big market clubs like New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, LA Dodgers, Philadelphia Philies, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals and LA Angels would hate voting for this for sure, as it would cut into revenue’s based largely on attendance alone, but for the other clubs I could see them not dropping by much in attendance at all aggregate for the whole lump sum of a year.
I think it would only work if they increased the Post Season to a bet of 7 LDS Round once the Wild Card Winners were determined.
Of course, a lot of the deal the TV networks have made with baseball teams have 81 games as the focal point, so this would have to be renegotiated in a ton of markets. The best way to handle this is to buy them off. If the MLB is serious about then start trying to grandfather it in.
Just like I have predicted will we a 9 figure contract pitcher go down with TJ Surgery (clock is ticking on Mr. Tanaka), and a season ending injury is also coming for a player with that amount of cash in a deal – and will be hit by pitch (or injured on the basepaths), it will take an extreme occurrence for the MLB to straighten its house in order.
Again, i will throw out the 8 men only hit on offense card. Eliminating both of the Pitcher and DH, and then you can expand the Roster from 25 – 26 to compensate the loss of the DH, and then having a franchise designate a 25 man roster every night. Having a 154 game schedule with just 8 batters in the lineup hitting – would make up for the 8 games lost for AB and then some.
it is nice to see the commissioner throwing some spaghetti against the walls, and maybe something will stick. Of course some of the old schooler’s are saying that is not ‘spaghetti” he is slinging out right now, but I get it.
I could also see the league going to more Geographical aligned 4 – 6 Divisions, where it could cut down the traveling for each team. Expansion may also be on the docket for another few teams in the next 10 – 15 (Stop saying Montreal though, as it will never happen with an .80 cent dollar, and Toronto being on the East Coast already) But I digress..
Going back to a 154 game schedule would be a perfect way to separate the MLB from the steroid era in a small way.
The schedule 1st gained 8 games back in 1961 when the Washington Senators and California Angels both originated with initial expansion. For the 1st 60 years of AL and NL, there were just the 8 teams in either division – and that year the AL went to 10.
Ironically 1961 was the year that Roger Maris broke Babe Ruth’s HR Record, by clubbing a HR in the teams 162nd game and his 161st. For years there was always talk of an asterisk besides Maris’s name – because he had passed the mark on the last game of the year. Ford Frick, the MLB Commissioner at the time, was a personal friend of Babe Ruth’s, and frowned upon Maris breaking the record after the 154 games.
The MLB didn’t have their own record book until 1995, and by that time, Faye Vincent had already removed any talk of two separate record for Ruth and Maris a few years prior when he was still the commissioner.
I for one would love that aspect of it. You could keep a record book for 1961 to present for single year records, but also designate the 154 records solely on their own.
I guess that maybe just wishful thinking. it is too bad the whole steroid era wasn’t at a certain amount of games from 1995 – 2005 by itself.
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Posted on March 1, 2015, in The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged 154 game MLB schedule, babe ruth, barry bonds, california angels, faye vincent, ford frick, george sisler, ichiro suzuki, mark mcgwire, masahiro tanaka, mickey mantle, mlb commissioners, mlb expansion, new york yankees, rob manfred, roger maris, sammy sosa, washington senators. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.